Finding the Fit

Finding the Fit

I keep running into this word lately in my writing life: “fit.” Agents politely inform me that my novel is not the right fit for their list. (What, their list doesn’t have room for an intelligent, ambitious young woman from

Wild Fantasies

Wild Fantasies

It’s a new year. Time to make resolutions, plans, and goals. Since thoughts create reality, and imagining something very specifically is said to bring it to life, I’m indulging in a sequence of wild and very specific fantasies around successfully

Advance copies of THE NECESSARIES

Book cover The Necessaries by Misty Urban

So I just got a box of Advance Reader Copies for my new collection The Necessaries, and I’m noticing how the delirious joy of having a copy of one’s book to hold in one’s hands gets overwhelmed fairly quickly by

When It Works

bulls eye

We all know what the ideal route to publication looks like. It’s a walk through the park with a few major landmarks: Draft, stew a bit, finish draft, let it rest. Get reader feedback. Revise. Rest again. Revise some more,

Celebrating Book Lovers Day

Celebrating Book Lovers Day

So the news tells me August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day, and while my first response is curiosity—isn’t every day a good day to be a book lover?—I realize the point is to get people to put down their

The Engine of Desire

The Engine of Desire

I recently took a class from novelist Amy Hassinger at the Midwest Writing Center‘s David R. Collins Writing Conference, intriguingly titled “Revving the Engine of Desire.” Amy taught us that the key element of a compelling story—the most powerful tool